Yesterday I had a ride with a neighbor who's a relative of one of Israel's first popular Eidot Mizrach, North African/Sefardi politicians, a Likudnik of course. His father was a local labor leader, head of his workers' committee, who categorically refused to be associated with the Histadrut, the powerful Israeli Labor union.
Most aspects of life here in Israel have opened up for those who aren't Histadrut and Labor members, but the Left's last hold-out is the media. They may have stopped worshipping Stalin, but they're willing to try anything or anyone against the Likud. Binyamin Netanyahu gives them nightmares. OK, as you all must know by now, for me, Bibi is too Leftist, but for the mehadrin Left of the Israeli political scene, he's there worst dream come true.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
and MK Tzipi Livni (Kadima)
at a government meeting in 2008.
Photo by Alex Kolomoisky
Haaretz poll: A Livni-Olmert-Lapid 'super-party' would outscore LikudAmerican style debates between Netanyahu and the wannabes. This may sound acceptable at first, but there are two crucial problems with it.
If the center and the left together could garner 61 seats, it would deprive Netanyahu of the ability to form a majority government.
- One is that in Israel you don't vote for a Prime Minister. You vote for a political party and its list of candidates to be MK's, Members of Knesset, Israel's Parliament. After the votes are counted, the #1 spot of the party with the most seats is offered the challenge of constructing a coalition by the President, of Israel of course. If he or she succeeds, there is a government.
- The second problem is that none of the other touted debate participants head a party that comes close to rivalling the size of the Likud. It would almost be as if one of the small, oddball independent candidates in the States would have had been invited to join the debate against Obama and Romney.